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Mr. Ghaedi played the role of Jesus in the
Iranian version of the "Jesus" film.
Photo: Mohabat News

Three converts to Christianity were recently arrested by authorities in Isfahan and immediately transferred to prison. Shahram Ghaedi, Heshmat Shafiei and Emad Haghi were seized on September 27th, while security officials also raided the home of Shahram and confiscated his books and computer.

Shahram, 32, previously faced arrest in February of 2012. In that incident, he was sentenced to three months in prison for evangelism. At present, the young Christian man was in the process of creating a film about Jesus. However, the project was disrupted after authorities arrested several of the cast members. Some of the members were even forced to leave the country due to ongoing pressure. According to sources, it is very likely that the recent arrest of these three men is related to their involvement in the production of this film.

Knowing that our Lord is fully aware of the challenges these imprisoned men are facing, let us pray that He will grant them necessary peace and strength. May they soon be released and permitted to return to their concerned loved ones. Until then, may God use these men to serve as effective witnesses of His redemptive love in the lives of their fellow prisoners and authorities. Also ask that the film these men were producing will no longer be hindered, but rather completed and used powerfully to spread the Gospel throughout Iran.

Current Ministry Fund

By funding television broadcasts, VOMC is making it possible for a vast audience of viewers to be reached throughout Iran with the "Good News" of Jesus' love via satellite. VOMC is also working with partners to provide the Theology of Persecution course in Farsi to train Iranian believers to provide a proper theological perspective and understanding of persecution from a Biblical point of view.

Project Fund: Underground Church

Country Information

Designation
Persecuted

Population
85,888,910 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity
Persian, Azeri, Kurd, Lur, Baloch, Arab, Turkmen and Turkic tribes

Religion (%)
Islam (99.4), other, including Christian (0.3), Unspecified (0.3)

Leader
President Ebrahim Raisi (2021)

Government type
Theocratic republic

Legal system
Religious legal system based on secular and Islamic law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Iran

As the Gospel message goes forth over the airwaves, may the growth of the church continue to multiply despite persecution. Pray that the Iranian government will be open to change, allowing full rights and protection for its non-Muslim citizens as well. In the meantime, may those who are forced to flee the country find safe refuge and help so they can live in peace and worship the Lord with freedom.

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